Michael Hermosillo’s chance to play for his hometown team had barely begun when it ended Wednesday, at least for the rest of the season, as the Cubs put the outfielder on the injured list because of the forearm strain suffered in Friday’s game.
“It sucks. There’s really no other words around it,” acting manager Andy Green said.
Hermosillo, a rookie in 2020 with the Angels, signed with the Cubs as a minor-league free agent over the winter, and made his Cubs debut last month after the Cubs blew up much of the roster at the trade deadline.
The Ottawa High grad was 7-for-36 with three homers for the Cubs.
He was hurt sliding headfirst into the plate during Friday’s win over the Pirates, the tear requiring “a few weeks to heal,” Green said.
Hermosillo, 26, is not expected to need surgery.
“It’s really unfortunate because he was doing a lot of really, really good things for us,” Green said. “He seemed to be just finding his groove, taking really good swings against left-handed pitching — a guy I know [manager David Ross] was eager to see play throughout the remainder of the year.
“He’s still got every opportunity to write a great story with his baseball career,” added Green (filling in for Ross since the manager’s COVID-19 positive test Friday). “How he handles it and responds to adversity ultimately dictates how long and good his career is. … I know everybody in this clubhouse has enjoyed him and seen real viability in him as a roster piece going forward.”
Outfielder Nick Martini, who's from Crystal Lake, was called up from Iowa to take Hermosillo's place on the roster.